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Laser Skin Resurfacing Bellevue: Surgical Lasers vs. Non-Surgical Lasers

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Laser skin resurfacing is a procedure that removes dead skin and the upper layers of skin to create smoother, better quality skin. There are two main methods for laser skin resurfacing: surgical and non-surgical. Surgical laser skin resurfacing is often performed with a CO2 laser. Non-surgical resurfacing typically uses a non-ablative CO2 laser. What are the differences between surgical lasers vs. non-surgical lasers?   The main difference between surgical and non-surgical lasers is that surgical lasers are ablative while non-surgical lasers are usually non-ablative. Ablative lasers remove the top layer of the skin to stimulate the creation of new skin. This boosts collagen production and can aid in the repair of damaged skin. In contrast, non-ablative lasers use a more targeted approach that addresses the lower levels of skin. Like surgical lasers, this also stimulates collagen and elastin production.   The approach that will best fit your skin and goals is best discussed during a consultation at The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery. Patients who will benefit best from surgical CO2 lasers may have extensive skin damage from the sun or age. While those who want to treat the early signs of aging may benefit more from non-surgical lasers.   To schedule a consultation, call us at 425-775-3561 or contact us online.
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Debunked: Does Laser Tattoo Removal Scar?

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One of the major concerns about laser tattoo removal is scarring. Patients worry that the laser will burn or leave behind a scar following treatment. In truth, laser tattoo removal rarely scars. There are many sources of this myth that laser tattoo removal scars.   Firstly, getting a tattoo can cause scarring. It is not uncommon for a tattoo to leave some scarring, which may not be visible or evident until the tattoo has faded or is removed using lasers. This can make it appear that the laser caused the scar, when in actuality, it was there the entire time.    Secondly, scarring can occur if patients do not follow proper aftercare procedure. The tattoo and the skin surrounding the tattoo should not be exposed to the sun and kept covered under clothing when going outside. Your master esthetician will likely recommend the use of a broad spectrum SPF to protect the skin from UV rays and the sun.    Finally, if you are known to scar, or are prone to keloids or hypertrophic scars, scarring from laser tattoo removal is more likely. In these patients, your master esthetician will evaluate your individual risk for scarring, detail your options, and recommend the proper course of action. To schedule a laser tattoo removal consultation to determine your candidacy for treatment, call 425-775-3561 or contact us online.
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Laser Hair Removal: Is It Effective?

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Permanent hair removal is one of the most sought after esthetic procedures. It comes with many benefits including allowing for the discontinuation of shaving and can save money in the long run. There are many long term or permanent hair removal options available. However, laser hair removal is probably the best known option. Many people wonder: is laser hair removal effective? Fortunately, the answer is yes! Laser hair removal is one of the most effective options for permanent hair removal. It usually requires at least four sessions to see long lasting or permanent results. Throughout the sessions, laser hair removal works to deactivate hair follicles. In turn, this prevents future hair from growing.  Every person will see a slightly different level of efficacy from laser hair removal. In general, most people see long lasting, if not permanent cessation of hair growth. Our master estheticians can evaluate your hair growth and determine the best laser hair removal protocol for you. Laser hair removal is also effective in most body areas. At The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery, we offer laser hair removal for areas, such as, the chin, legs, bikini, upper lip, armpit, and many more possible treatment areas. To find out more about if laser hair removal is an option for you, call 425-775-3561 or contact us online to set up a consultation with one of our Bellevue master estheticians. 
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The Top Pre-Wedding Skincare Treatments

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Planning a wedding is a stressful endeavor that can take months and years to achieve. It is a day where you want to look your best and at The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery wants to make it easy and stress-free. Our master estheticians offer many professional pre-wedding skincare treatments. 

Oxygen Facial

Celebrities are known to have oxygen facials performed days before hitting the red carpet. This facial infuses oxygen onto and into the skin to provide a healthy looking glow. With no downtime and nearly no risk of side effects, you can apply makeup and continue your skincare directly after treatment.

The Glow Up Package

If you still have a while before the big day, the proprietary glow up package can rejuvenate your skin and treat concerns like acne scarring and pigmentation issues. The procedure staggers three chemical peels and three microneedling sessions over the course of a few months. This leads to your skin receiving consistent treatment and an increase in collagen production. It is best to let your skin rest for a week or two after you finish the final treatment.

Dermaplaning

Dermaplaning is one of the top procedures recommended by makeup artists because it removes peach fuzz and dead skin. This allows makeup to go on smoother. For your wedding, it is important that your makeup looks smooth and your skin glows. Call us at 425-775-3561 or contact us online to schedule a consultation about your pre-wedding skincare routine.
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After Sculptra Injections: What Happens Below The Skin?

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Sculptra is well known as a long-lasting dermal filler option. Unlike other common fillers like Juvederm and Restylane products, Sculptra is not made from hyaluronic acid. It contains poly-l-lactic acid which stimulates collagen growth and is biodegradable. While the results of Sculptra treatment depend on where it is injected, what Sculptra does immediately upon injection does not change.      After Sculptra injections, the filler settles in the injection site and begins to work with your body to produce more collagen. As the filler breaks down in the body, this simulates an injury to your body which causes it to send more collagen producing agents. Sculptra typically requires a few sessions of injections to promote the best results. The most optimal results can last 2 years or more and you could see longer lasting collagen production.     Unlike popular lip fillers, Sculptra must be injected into the deeper dermis. This is because it works to plump and fight collagen loss from the deeper levels of the skin, giving you the best chance at long term results without surgery. Due to it’s powerful collagen producing methods, Sculptra has no easy way to dissolve it. Therefore, you should always seek out an injection specialist and board-certified cosmetic surgeon like Dr. Jonov for Bellevue Sculptra injections.     To schedule a consultation at The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery, call us at 425-775-3561 or contact us online.
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Cosmetic Surgery Recovery: Caring For Your Incision & Scar Care

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After any surgery, caring for the incision is crucial to a safe recovery. Cosmetic surgery patients often value minimizing their scars as much as they can. This starts with the proper care following surgery and extends for the first year or more. Immediately after surgery, it is imperative to follow Dr. Jonov’s instructions concerning your incision. Every surgery is different and caring for an incision on the abdomen is different from caring for a facelift incision. Typically, Dr. Jonov will advise to avoid getting the area wet for a time to discourage infection. He may also prescribe an antibiotic. Dr. Jonov will then recommend our proprietary prescription scar protocol that you will use for the next 12 months. This 5 phase protocol cares for the incision to reduce the look of your surgical scar and is the gold standard of incision and scar care. It is important to start it as soon as possible to garner the best results. Each phase is perfectly curated to treat a specific stage of the healing process. In general, the protocol must be started within 6 months of surgery. If you have an older scar, or want to further minimize your scar, microneedling can smooth the texture and look of surgical scars. This can work on older scars. While it may not make the scar totally disappear, it can smooth a rough scar and contribute to an improved appearance.  To schedule a consultation at The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery, call us at 425-775-3561 or contact us online.
Ultrasound lymphatic massage in Seattle, Bellevue, and Kirkland

Ultrasound Lymphatic Massages And How They Can Help Your Recovery

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After a surgical procedure at The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery, Dr. Jonov recommends undergoing a series of ultrasound assisted lymphatic massages. These massages help along your recovery and make it more comfortable. Along with increasing your own comfort after surgery, the ultrasound massages have many other benefits after surgery. 

Ultrasound massages are commonly recommended after breast augmentation and liposuction procedures. With breast augmentation, the ultrasound waves and gentle massages can help prevent capsular contracture, reduce swelling, and promote healthy healing. Liposuction requires time for the skin and fat to settle into the final results, sometimes even months post surgery. Ultrasound assisted lymphatic massages can contribute to a speedier recovery, less swelling, and preventing fluid build up. 

Not only do these benefits help you see better results, they can often leave you feeling relieved from discomfort you hadn’t noticed. Performed in-office by master estheticians, ultrasound guided massages can help you have a faster and more comfortable recovery. We offer two pricing packages depending on your needs. Six massages cost $400 and sixteen massages cost $500.

To schedule a consultation with Dr. Jonov at The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery, call us at 425-775-3561 or contact us online.

Laser Tattoo Removal in Seattle, Bellevue, and Kirkland

Laser Tattoo Removal: The Results You Can Expect

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In the 21st century, tattoos no longer have to be a permanent fixture on the skin. The human body does breakdown tattoo ink throughout a person’s life, but this will usually only result in some minor fading and blurring. Laser tattoo removal can help enhance and speed up this process to fade or remove tattoos. 

As far as the results you can expect from laser tattoo removal, it will depend on the size, color, and age of the tattoo. Older tattoos that have already experienced some natural fading will often respond better to treatment than fresher tattoos. Black ink is also easier for the laser to identify and, therefore, remove. Your master esthetician can advise you on the specifics as they relate to your tattoo. 

In general, it takes between three and six laser tattoo removal sessions to see long lasting results. However, it depends upon your individual goals. Many patients use laser tattoo removal to fade older tattoos to seek cover ups, which usually takes fewer sessions to achieve the desired result than those who want to remove a tattoo altogether. Even with a full removal, some remnants of the tattoo may remain, but with enough sessions and a good result, it should be hard to tell there was ever a tattoo.

To schedule a free consultation with a master esthetician, call us at 425-775-3561 or contact us online.

Non-Surgical Cosmetic Enhancement Methods

Non-Surgical Alternatives To Popular Cosmetic Surgeries

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In recent years, many non-surgical alternatives to popular surgeries have popped up in the cosmetic and plastic surgery fields. For many patients, these prove to be attractive options, especially for those who cannot undergo a traditional surgery, or do not want a longer recovery.  Of course, non-surgical solutions cannot typically achieve the same long-lasting results as traditional surgery. However, if you want only minor alterations, one of these procedures may suit your goals.  Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty: Using facial fillers, Dr. Jonov can fill in nasal humps or cosmetic issues with the bridge or tip of the nose. This method is used for nose augmentation or when the nose requires small corrections. Non-Surgical Chin Augmentation: Similarly to a non-surgical rhinoplasty, a non-surgical chin augmentation uses dermal fillers to create a stronger, contoured chin.  Non-Surgical Brazilian Butt Lift: At The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery, Dr. Jonov offers two different non-surgical options for a Brazilian Butt Lift. A traditional non-surgical butt lift uses Sculptra instead of fat to help naturally produce collagen. Our Zombie Brazilian Butt Lift does the same using growth factors from your own body in addition to fillers to provide the best possible results. To schedule a consultation at The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery, call us at 425-775-3561 or contact us online.
Master Esthetician Kyla

Meet Master Esthetician Kyla Walker

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Kyla’s path to becoming a master esthetician started with her own skin problems. Growing up, she struggled with acne and spent long hours combing through the internet trying to find a treatment that would help cure her painful acne. This research eventually steered her toward medical aesthetics, which Kyla has now mastered.  Kyla’s aim is to provide her patients with the best care for their needs, and to work with them to come up with treatment protocols to help them look and feel their best. Her favorite part of being a master esthetician is showing patients their own before and afters because results are most noticeable after a progression of treatments.  Kyla’s favorite procedures are chemical peels. Chemical peels helped with her own acne. And, she loves that they have so many benefits including the treatment of pigmentation issues, acne, and skin texture. To schedule a consultation with Kyla, or one of the other master estheticians at The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery, call us at 425-324-1120 or contact us online.
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